Whew . . . it's been a while. In the last few months I have been busying myself with things so I wouldn't feel obligated to write on this blog. . . apparently. Videos, podcasts, toys shows, trips to see friends. I have done all kinds of things. But here I am feeling the need to write. It always seems to pull me back, and at the moment I feel that I am back, at least for a while. So in celebration of being back I will tell you what I did this weekend.
Having a few hours to myself is something I rarely have anymore, and when I do I find ways to waste it and don't do any of those things I want to do. I don't read the stacks of comics I have been waiting to get to, I don't make a video. I sit and stare at all of the things I want to do. This weekend I changed that! I had a few hours, and I saw that stack of comics, and decided to see how far I could get through it.
I am a sucker for licensed comics based (or loosely based) on 80s toys and cartoon lines. And my stack has been growing. Th stack, made up primarily of IDW titles, consisted of DC's Masters of the Universe, All three issues of Transformers Regeneration One, Battle beasts, and a few other odd titles.
there is something invigorating about taking out a large stack of comics in one sitting, and I have to say that out of those three titles I didn't read a single bad comic. Here are some quick thoughts on each of these titles:
Masters Of the Universe: This comic has really stimulated the franchise. The story takes a different approach, it is set after He-man and the masters have been defeated (by amnesia) And Skeletor is ruling eternia. It shows some interesting denizens of eternia and how different clans work. The story is the same but time has progressed. We are slowly getting deep into the plot in just these two issues. Really a very good read.
Transformers Regeneration One: Though I grew up with the transformers as a kid, I have only had a cursory relationship with the comics. But when I found out that regeneration one was happening I was intrigued. I picked up the 100 page spectacular that IDW put out (with the last 5 issues of the classic marvel series) and caught up. This series starts 21 years after the events of those comics. Many of the classic characters are still there.
This comic has classic sensibilities with modern production values. It is action packed and all of the characters you really want to see (at least for me) are getting enough screen time. They have really brought out Megatron's craziness and now we are getting to a whole new chapter of what is about to go on on earth. If you like Transformers then you should really pick this particular comic up, especially if you grew up with the old marvel comics!
Battle Beasts: I love the Battle Beasts of the 80s. it should be said that this is really nothing more than that name for the characters. It is unrelated to the 80s toy line. That said it does have beasts and they do battle. A lot of battle! This comic is action packed. with action in most of the pages presented. The one thing that bothers me is that it suffers from the same thing that so many modern sci- fi and fantasy properties suffer from. They bring the fight to earth. what is wrong with some alien worlds? I don't know.
That said the comic does present some very good characters and a lot of carnage. So I would recommend a read. Possibly one to wait for the trade paper back!
So . . . that is how I spent my weekend. Have you been reading any comics of late? What should I check out. . . or what should I avoid?
Hopefully I will not be away so long in the future. It's good to be back!